WASHINGTON (CNN) – Monday evening’s high-profile Republican fundraising dinner yielded approximately $14 million, according to a joint statement released by congressional Republican leaders.
The event, which featured former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the headliner, raised about $7.25 million for Senate Republicans and $7.2 million for House GOP candidates.
“As we look forward to the 2010 election cycle, we understand what’s at stake and the principles that we are fighting for on behalf of voters across the country,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The annual joint fundraising dinner occupied political headlines in the run-up to Monday evening, because of a continuing controversy over whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would attend the event after she declined earlier this year to be the main speaker. Palin was expected to be in the audience.
“Tonight’s success is a testament to how well Republicans’ message of fiscal responsibility and smaller government is resonating,” said Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.